The celebrity trainer offers handy, healthful tips on how to keep those hunger pangs in check between meals

By Harley Pasternak
October 23, 2013 12:00 PM
Courtesy Harley Pasternak

Whether you’re watching your sugar intake or just trying to eat fewer refined carbohydrates, here are eight great low-carb snack ideas to help keep your hunger in check between meals.

Add a handful of mixed berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries) to a 6-ounce container of plain nonfat Greek yogurt.

Each serving contains: 18 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams fiber, 144 calories, 18 grams protein, 0 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat.

Greek yogurt with mixed berries

2. Sliced Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups

Cut one mozzarella cheese stick (part skim) in half lengthwise. Roll about 1 ounce of sliced roasted turkey breast around half of the cheese stick and repeat with the remaining cheese and turkey to make a total of two roll-ups.

Each serving contains: 3.5 grams carbohydrates, 0.3 grams fiber, 144 calories, 17 grams protein, 6.6 grams fat, 3.8 grams saturated fat.

3. Hass Avocado and Shrimp Cocktail

Toss 2 ounces of cooked, thawed shrimp with ¼ Hass avocado (chopped) and a tablespoon of cocktail sauce.

Each serving contains: 8.5 grams carbohydrates, 3.4 grams fiber, 161 calories, 13 grams protein, 7.6 grams fat, 1.2 grams saturated fat.

Hass avocado and shrimp cocktail

4. Peanut Butter and Celery Sticks

Serve three celery stalks with two tablespoons of natural peanut butter.

Each serving contains: 8.5 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 208 calories, 7 grams protein, 16 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat.

5. A Handful of Nuts

A handful, depending on the size of the hand, can be the ideal snack portion – about a quarter cup. You can keep roasted, unsalted mixed nuts on hand or choose any variation of nuts.

Each serving (1⁄4 cup roasted almonds) contains: 6.7 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber, 205 calories, 9.5 grams protein, 18 grams fat, 1.4 grams saturated fat.

Mixed nuts

6. Edamame Bowl

A super-convenient way to enjoy high-protein soybeans as a snack is to put 3⁄4 cup of frozen, shelled edamame into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave them for a few minutes or until nice and hot. Sprinkle with pepper and 1⁄2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, if desired.

Each serving contains: 8 grams carbohydrates, 4.3 grams fiber, 97 calories, 9 grams protein, 4 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat.

7. Sliced Veggies and Hummus

Cut one large carrot and one celery stalk into sticks or coins and serve with 1⁄4 cup hummus.

Each serving contains: 15.8 grams carbohydrates, 8.8 grams fiber, 133 calories, 6 grams protein, 6 grams fat, 0.9 grams saturated fat.

Sliced veggies and hummus

8. Nonfat Latte (Iced or Hot)

Blend a cup of skim milk or almond milk with a shot or two (1⁄8 to 1⁄4 cup) of espresso or triple-strength coffee (decaf if you’re sensitive to caffeine). Serve over or blend with 3⁄4 cup crushed ice for an iced latte.

Each serving contains: 18 grams carbohydrates, 114 calories, 13 grams protein, 0 grams fat, 0 gram saturated fat.

Nonfat latte

What’s your favorite snack? Tweet me @harleypasternak.

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